Fishergate and the Fulford Road
In this area close to the City there is a rich history that follows the expansion of the City of York beyond the walls eventually connecting up to the village of Fulford. Notable elements that might be explored by the FFH are the histories of the nurseries that populated most of the fields between Fishergate and Fulford, the huge glassworks near Castle Mills Bridge, which were at one time the largest employer in York and the barracks, both the Cavalry barracks (now the police station) and the Imphal barracks (infantry barracks still operation).
The area has its share of big houses like Fishergate House and Fulford Grange and others now demolished like Fulford Lodge (now the Kilburn Road estate) and other good quality buildings including the earliest 'out of town' exclusive houses on the Ouse at New Walk Terrace.
Fishergate also once contained the Gilbertine Priory of St. Andrews and other lost churches like All Saints, which was found on the corner of Kent Street and Fawcett Street in 2007, and St Helen's which was found in the grounds of Fishergate House in 2001. Read the report on the excavations undertaken by Field Archaeology Services between July 2000 and July 2002 at Fishergate House and the Mecca Bingo Hall HERE.
In the late 19th century and early 20th century much new housing was built further and further out from the City towards Fulford village, which also brought new schools, pubs, shops, trams, cemeteries, and other amenities.
For an excellent introduction to the area and its people there is only one place to look, which is Van Wilson's book shown above. While hard to find in bookshops now, there are copies in the Central Library.
Fancy a walk around Fishergate? Christopher Rainger, one of our members, has prepared this excellent walking tour which you can download the leaflet here.
A text of the guided walk can be read here.
Here are some brief descriptions of important buildings in the area.
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